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Parrish, Clara Weaver (1861-1925) Isabella and the Pot of Basil.
Watercolor on paper, signed in pencil in lower left corner, the sheet mounted on board, depicting an image inspired by Keats, purchased by Ella Benson Morris at the Academy of Fine Arts Exhibition in 1899; 18 x 13 1/8 in.
The somewhat macabre tale of Isabella, taken as inspiration by both Keats and Parrish, was derived from Boccaccio's Decameron. In it, Isabella's love is murdered by her own brothers. His ghost visits her in a dream, and tells her the tragic news. She exhumes his body and plants his head in a pot of basil, which she tends obsessively.